Jeddah, Apr 14: Amid growing infection cases of COVID-19, NRI workers living in the Gulf region reach out Indian missions in large numbers with their concerns.
Indian missions in the region remain close owing to longer curfew hours, yet they are made available to the Diaspora around the clock. The ministry of external affairs is paying special attention to the gulf region in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Indian missions in Riyadh and Jeddah flooded with phone calls and messages on social media platforms from Indian community seeking help to prevent and protect from pandemic.
“We have received so far 550 phone calls from Indian workers and some thousands of messages on social media platforms”, said Indian Consul General Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh. The diplomat on Monday said that the consulate has been receiving a wide range of calls starting from, seeking help to relocate accommodation of workers, medical assistance, food to flying back home. The Indian mission has been paying full attention to each and every call that was received and reaching out to the parties concerned including Saudi employers and also government authorities in the context of COVID-19. Noor Rahman Sheikh said that the consulate swung into action when it received a call from an Indian worker who informed that a colleague of his was sick and having symptoms of coronavirus.
It was found that 11 of his roommates were infected only after medical examination, with the intervention of the consulate. He said that some Umrah pilgrims remain stranded due to suspension of flights. When asked, consul general told that the mortal remains of Indian nationals not able to repatriate back home owing to flight suspension. Noor Rahman Sheikh added that consular tours to different provinces suspended and other routine work at mission also reduced besides closing passport service centers. The consul general told that with the help of NRI community organizations consulate providing relief efforts to some